Are the White Sox for real?

Pitching must improve for White Sox to stay in race

Updated: June 4, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
Adam Dunn Jason Miller/Getty ImagesAfter a miserable 2011, Adam Dunn is once again powering Chicago's offense.

The Chicago White Sox spent the first two weeks of the season ranked in the 20s in the ESPN Power Rankings, and with just cause. The only significant move the club made during the offseason -- other than hiring new manager Robin Ventura -- was to trade Jason Frasor, Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos for minor leaguers. The team's Opening Day payroll fell by more than $30 million, landing just under the $100 million mark.

As such, this season seemed like it was going to be a rebuilding one for the South Siders. But then games started, and Chicago has consistently churned out the wins. And on the strength of a banner week that included sweeps of the Indians and Rays and has helped run their record to 13-2 in their past 15 games, they have moved up to fourth in this week's rankings. Is this just a hot streak, or are the Sox for real?


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